Real Madrid will reportedly pick up interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea next summer after president Florentino Perez told Keylor Navas he can leave Los Blancos. Elsewhere, United target Isco is set to sign a new contract at Madrid.
The Mirror's Liam Prenderville cited a report from Spanish outlet Diario Gol, which wrote that Perez has informed Navas this season "will be his last at the Bernabeu," and a move for De Gea will be launched after the 2018 World Cup.
Madrid's incessant interest in De Gea has become a topic of discussion in just about every transfer window since the Spaniard's 2011 move from Atletico Madrid, but Navas has done a good job in goal for Los Merengues.
Reports of Perez's renewed efforts to sign De Gea come after Nick Howson of International Business Times (h/t Yahoo) said the stopper had enlisted Madrid captain Sergio Ramos to help him get the move:
Yahoo Sport UK @YahooSportUK
David de Gea 'has asked Sergio Ramos to accelerate Real Madrid move'. 🤔 ➡️ https://t.co/U8mvJi1lNl Man United fans right now... #MUFC https://t.co/anxMn68c0p2017-9-6 17:00:01
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane made some modest purchases in Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos this past summer, so one would assume the funds will be available next summer for the club to spend bigger on new blood.
For now, though, De Gea appears committed to the United cause, and he took to Twitter after Saturday's 2-2 draw at Stoke City with a statement of intent reinforcing his admiration for his club:
David De Gea @D_DeGea
Pity not being able to add another win! From now on we're in #ChampionsLeague mode 👊🏻 @ManUtd https://t.co/raTjlbKEqx2017-9-9 20:16:45
De Gea has a contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019, with the option to extend it for a further year, meaning United have room to demand the player sees out more of his deal.
The Red Devils No. 1 was a vital figure in the draw against the Potters on Saturday, and MUTV's Stewart Gardner lavished praise upon one particular move in De Gea's display:
Stewart Gardner @stewartgardner
It will probably be lost in the chaos of the game but De Gea made one of the best saves I think I've ever seen today! @ManUtd2017-9-9 21:36:11
Meanwhile, Isco looks likely to turn down the advances of his admirers and sign a new contract at the Bernabeu. Perez spoke to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, per Joe Short of the Daily Express:
"Isco arrived here when he was very young and all he has done is improve.
"He is currently playing as we believed he would turn out.
"We will be announcing his contract renewal in the coming days, a renewal which is a done deal."
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan gave some indication as to how Isco's importance to the club has risen over the past year, with his current deal set to expire next summer:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
Madrid prob wish they had tied up Isco to new deal last year when he was on Carvajal payscale/ importance, not now when he's up with Kroos..2017-9-7 08:25:57
The midfielder has come to play a more prominent role in the Madrid setup under Zidane, starting in two of their three league fixtures this term, a move that looks to have reinvigorated his desire to stay in the capital.